Offers waterproof protection for some of the latest iPhones (7 and 8 Plus) in a slim, fairly lightweight design. Protects for up to 2 hours in water as deep as 10 feet. Provides an attractive, unobtrusive fit.
Some owner complaints about being told they sound muffled or tinny with the case on their phones.
Affordable. Features a universal design that fits iPhones, including the 8 and 8 Plus. Components snap securely in place for waterproof protection. Submersible.
Most phone functions won't work while the phone is in the case, with the exception of the volume button for photos. Lacks clarity about how long it can be underwater.
Gives options to owners of several of the latest iPhone models because it's available in sizes to fit the 7, 8, 7 Plus, and 8 Plus. Submersible to 6.6 feet for 30 min. Owners brag about the thin, transparent design.
Has been known to fail the water test recommended by the company. Mixed opinions about sound quality. Some owners say voices are clear; others say they're muffled.
Can withstand submersion for up to one hour in depths up to 6.6 feet. Fits the iPhone 5 and SE. Has a sleek fit, and feels good in the hand. Meets the U.S. military standard for drop and shock protection.
Begins to show wear sooner than you'd expect considering it's one of the pricier options available.
Provides a trim, waterproof fit for the iPhone 6 and 6s that is reliable to about 6.6'. Comes with scratch protector. Owners are happy with the underwater photo quality it allows. Attentive customer service.
Reports of some of the cutouts not lining up have been noted. Sometimes distorts sound.
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One of the leading causes of iPhone damage is water. Somehow, we continue to drop our iPhones into toilets, pools, lakes, oceans, and even showers time and time again. In fact, since over 70% of the world’s surface represents a threat to our iPhones, there is no reason not to have a waterproof iPhone case.
If you read the fine print on your new iPhone, you'll realize that Apple has some pretty detailed disclaimers about how waterproof its new iPhones really are. Even if you have an iPhone that is rated IP67, you're still going to want it in a waterproof case to be safe.
We looked at the available waterproof iPhone cases and put together this shopping guide for you, including several we think stand out from the rest.
IP stands for “ingress protection,” which means how easily unwanted items, specifically dust and water, can get inside your device. An IP code has two numbers that detail this. The first number ranges from 0 to 6, while the second number ranges from 0 to 9. The higher the number, the greater the protection. Hence, IP00 means that there is no protection against dust or water, while IP67 means that something keeps dust out and can be immersed in very shallow water under the specific conditions defined by the manufacturer. If the IP code has an X, that means there is no data available to specify a rating.
There are two types of waterproof iPhone case: soft and hard.
Soft: A soft case is actually a pouch with a locking top. Usually, this type of a case is clear so you can take pictures through the pouch. Pouch-type cases are designed to be universal. As long as it is large enough for the iPhone to fit inside, you will most likely be okay.
If you get a waterproof iPhone case that is designed to float and you accidentally drop your iPhone off the edge of a boat, your phone will stay on the surface of the water so you can easily snatch it back up.
The one drawback to having your iPhone in a waterproof case is that the case may prevent you from using your iPhone. If you need to use your phone while it’s in its waterproof case, look for one that allows you to access its features.
Some waterproof iPhone cases come with a lanyard so you can wear your phone around your neck instead of holding it in your hand.
If you plan to engage in an activity such as snowboarding or surfing, a case that’s only waterproof isn’t going to provide enough protection. You need an iPhone case that also protects against shock. Some cases protect against dust, snow, and drops, too.
You can find waterproof iPhone cases that cost from as little as $5 to more than $22. In the upper price range you’ll find cases that also protect against dust, shock, and drops.
Q. I have the latest iPhone. Do I still need a waterproof case?
A. If you anticipate any more exposure to water than a spilled drink or getting caught in a brief shower, you need a waterproof case. Apple states in the fine print that the company's iPhones are water resistant only and even that condition is not permanent.
Q. What’s the difference between waterproof and water resistant?
A. A waterproof item is completely impervious to water. Most gadgets are only designed to resist water, meaning an unprotected iPhone might be able to handle a little splash, but dropping it in a pool could still ruin it.